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Govt mulls separate varsity for PIOs

The announcement is likely to be made during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

india Updated: Dec 13, 2005 02:14 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said that his Government was considering setting up an exclusive university in India for persons of Indian origin (PIO).

Speaking to members of the Indian community in Malaysia at a reception hosted at the Palace of the Golden Horses hotel in the suburbs, the Prime Minister said: "Our Government is considering several proposals to increase the number of seats available to persons of Indian origin in educational institutions in India.

"The idea of establishing an exclusive PIO university is also being considered. The feedback from the PIO community the world over on this initiative has been extremely encouraging," Manmohan Singh added.

An announcement to this effect is likely to be made during the January 7-9 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, or Indian Diaspora Day conclave, at Hyderabad.

The Prime Minister lauded the contribution of the Indian community in Malaysia - about two million strong - saying it represented the largest concentration of people of Indian origin living outside the Indian subcontinent.

"The Little India, which we see in so many towns in Malaysia, are more than geographical spaces. They are repositories of the sentiment that links people of Indian origin to the motherland," he said.

The Prime minister said the large migration of Indians to Malaysia during the colonial era provided the bedrock linking the two countries.

He lauded the presence of senior Malaysian minister S Samy Velu, who is also president of the Malaysian Indian Congress, the largest political party representing the interests of the ethnic Indians in the country. The party is a member of the governing coalition.

Samy Velu told the Indian leader that he would be leading one of the largest delegations from Malaysia to the Hyderabad diaspora meet in January.

First Published: Dec 13, 2005 01:28 IST